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 13 Nov 2013
 


ISAF Awards, Olympic Class Revolution, Laser Worlds and more...

Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan after crossing the 470 Worlds finish line  Thom Touw ©
The ISAF World Sailor of the Year Awards was held on Tuesday 12th November. Having being nominated twice before in 2010 and 2012, it proved to be third time lucky for Mathew Belcher, Australian Olympic and World champion in the 470 dinghy class, whose current winning streak stretches to an amazing 17 consecutive regattas.

'It's a complete honour,' said Belcher during the awards ceremony held in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. 'It's great recognition for this year and the efforts we've put in and the results we've achieved. I am very fortunate to have great support, from my coach Victor Kovalenko, crew and support staff.'

470 sailors were also rewarded in the female category of the Awards. The New Zealand pairing of Jo Aleh and Olivia 'Polly' Powrie are the current women's Olympic and World champions in the Class.

London 2012 - Olympic Games  Carlo Borlenghi/FIV - copyright

An Olympic Class Revolution - A very significant restructure proposal designed to change the nature of Olympic class sailing competitions at all levels is being presented to the ISAF Council this week in Muscat, Oman.

This proposal, if accepted will have a major impact on the current ISAF Sailing World Cup events and other major events like Weymouth's Sail for Gold.

EUROSAF President Marco Predieri is a strong supporter of the ISAF proposal as he explained to Sail-World.com. Read more inside...

Nick Thompson in Laser action.  © Paul Wyeth / RYA

GBR's Nick Thompson, with three World Championship medals already under his belt is in no doubt as to where his sights lie heading into next week's Laser World Championships in Oman (17-23 November). The 27-year-old is aiming for his first world title at the Al-Mussanah Sports City, having made the podium at the last three World Championships he's contested, in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Having missed the 2012 event following an appendix operation, Thompson is keen to make 2013 the year he claims the elusive world title, but knows he'll have strong competition on his hands from a number of quarters.

2013 RYA National Match Racing Qualifier 1 at Queen Mary Sailing Club  © Paul Wyeth / RYA

Sailor Paul Campbell-James has booked his place in the grand final of the 2013 RYA National Match Racing Championships as his crew claimed event honours at the final qualifier event of this year's Series. The Southampton based sailor skippered his team of Chris Draper, Sam Richmond, Dan Gohl and Archie Goodwin to RYA National Match Racing Qualifier 1 triumph at Queen Mary Sailing Club (QMSC) this past weekend (9-10 November).

Squib fleet action  Steve Baker

Being an RYA National Class, the National Squib Owners Association (NOSA) are a traditionally strong association with a healthy membership and one of the highest participation numbers in their national championships. Whilst some classes have a number of different builders producing boats, the Squib has been built since 2009 by BP Sailboats based in Essex. Unfortunately, there have been a recent series of events which have led to the RYA having to withdraw the licence issued to BP Sailboats. Read more inside...

It has been a remarkably successful year for the Royal Southern Yacht Club, especially on the water. Amongst the many notable winners, Niklas Zennström became Mini Maxi and Gaastra 52 World Champion, Edward Leask took the Gazprom Swan European title in Class A, James Wilkie became 40.7 National Champion and Philip Bendon took the EUROSAF Youth Match Racing crown.

The fleet starts off Nanny Cay - Round Tortola Race  Broadsword Communications

The 44th annual Peg Legs Round Tortola Race organised by the Royal BVI Yacht Club and sponsored by Nanny Cay, will take place on Saturday, November 23rd. Three classes - racing, cruising and multihull - will compete in the 37-mile race. The first warning for the start will be at 9am in the Sir Francis Drake Channel off Nanny Cay. The fleet will then head anti-clockwise around Tortola. After the beat up the Sir Francis Drake Channel, the fleet will turn the corner at Great Camanoe and head on a downwind run to West End where, after a quick wiggle through Soper's Hole, it will be a beat back to the finish line off Nanny Cay.

The RYA is delighted to announce the appointment of Nigel King as the RYA Racing Keelboat Manager - a new and exciting position within the RYA Racing Department. King, who possesses a wealth of experience as both a sailor and a coach, was carefully selected by the Royal Yachting Association to plan, support and develop the sport of keelboat racing across the United Kingdom. With 25 years of racing/coaching experience under his belt, King has managed and coached racing teams at top international level both offshore and inshore.


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Mini Transat - On course for a record breaking
Solene Rennuit,
In the Mini Transat, this time, surely, there can be nothing left to keep the fleet on the dock. After over a month of waiting, it's time for the race to resume its rightful place. And the menu looks enticing, although it attention will have to be paid to some extremes.... [more]
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Images from the Rolex ISAF World Sailor of the Year awards in Oman
Sail-World,
New Zealand and Australian sailors dominated the Rolex ISAF World Sailor of the Year awards presented at a glittering dinner held in the Sultancy of Oman. 2012 Olympic Mens 470 Gold Medalist and current World Champion, Matt Belcher (AUS) won the Mens Award. Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (NZL), current Wold Champions and also 2012 Olympic Gold Medalists in the 470, were presented with the Womens Awa... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Small detail can prove vital
Soazig Guého,
On the Transat Jacques Vabre's 5450 miles race course from Le Havre to Itajaí, Brazil little changes or differences can rapidly become significant. On the fifth day of the race as some of the class leaderships become well established, maintaining a positive mindset and continually focusing on the small detail can prove vital.... [more]
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Rolex ISAF World Sailor of the Year: Awards to Australian and Kiwis
Sail-World,
The ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards, the highest award a sailor can receive in recognition of his/her outstanding achievements by the world of sailing, was awarded today to Jo Aleh & Olivia Powrie (NZL) and Mathew Belcher (AUS).... [more]
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EUROSAF supports major change in Elite sailing
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
A very significant restructure proposal designed to change the nature of Olympic class sailing competitions at all levels is being presented to the ISAF Council this week in Muscat, Oman. This proposal, if accepted will have a major impact on the current Olympic Class World Championships which would be completely reorganised. The largest group of sailing nations affected by these changes will... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of The Year Nomination - Aleh And Powrie
Daniel Smith,
In the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of The Year Nomination, as current Olympic and World Champions Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie have established themselves as the class act in Women's 470 fleet racing.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race day 8 - Fast, wet and wild
Clipper Ventures,
For the Clipper Round the World, in descriptions more aptly used for a day at a theme park, skippers have described day eight as being a fast, wet, wild and truly exhilarating sleigh ride. The Southern Ocean certainly appears to be living up to its big reputation, with 'wonderful winds and towering seas' providing magnificent sailing conditions and real miles made on the route to Western Australia... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards - Raiya Al Habsi Celebrates
Daniel Smith,
At the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman is a familiar site for Raiya Al Habsi and she will be joined by friends and family.... [more]
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Laser World Championships - Nick Thompson gunning for gold
Lindsey Bell,
Nick Thompson, with three World Championship medals already under his belt is in no doubt as to where his sights lie heading into next week's Laser World Championships in Oman (17-23 November).... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Realteam gears up for the final Act
MaxComm Communication,
At the final Act of the Extreme Sailing Series season, Realteam is gearing up to race due to kick off in Florianopolis in Brasil on Thursday. Originally planned in Rio, the race organisation opted for Florianopolis for safety reasons.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Start of race postponed
Mini Transat 2013,
For the Mini Transat, this morning the Race Director posted an amendment regarding a postponement of fifteen hours to the start of the race from Sada to Pointe-à-Pitre. The new warning signal will be given on Wednesday 13 November at 9:00am.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World - Race 4 full of drama!
Julia Wall-Clarke,
The Clipper 2013-14 Race four departed Cape Town for Albany, Western Australia just over a week ago under the stunning vista of Table Mountain, in rather frustratingly light winds. Just 48 hours later however, a ferocious storm whipped up.... [more]
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Laser World Championships - Legends' return raises the stakes
Oman Sail,
At the Laser Standard Men's World Championships 2013 , the return of Brazilian sailing legend Robert Scheidt after nine years in the Star class has raised the stakes among the 2016 Olympic Games contenders at the Laser Standard Men's World Championships 2013 starting in the Sultanate of Oman on Sunday November 17, organized and hosted by the Ministry of Sports Affairs and Oman Sail.... [more]
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World Sailing Speed Kitesurfing Record shattered in Salin-de-Giraud
Tanguy Blondel,
On November 11, Alexandre Caizergues shattered the World Sailing Speed Kitesurfing Record over 500 metres with a blinding average of 56.62 knots in the 'Salt and Speed' Volkswagen Transporter Arena located in Salin-de-Giraud, France. In so doing, he has improved on the previous record set by American Rob Douglas by 0.97 knots.... [more]
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Mini Transat fleet sets sail for Sada November 12
Solene Rennuit,
In the Mini Transat, come November 12 at 17.30 local time, the start for the race from Sada to Pointe a Pitre will take place. The wind is moving into the northern sector, allowing the Minis sail in their favourite way, carrying the breeze from behind.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre becomes more tactical for IMOCA Open 60 fleet
Soazig Guého,
In the Transat Jacques Vabre, though five different boats revealed over the course of today (Monday) that they will make technical pit stops, the race for the IMOCA Open 60 fleet has become more tactical as they seek the best lanes of breeze, gybing downwind 150 miles north of Madeira and the pair of MOD70s, passing the latitude of the Canary Islands, are still making regular speeds of 23-25kts.... [more]
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RORC Season's Points Championship Winners revealed
Trish Jenkins,
The RORC Season's Points Championship is a series of offshore races run by, or in association with, the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC). The season begins in the Caribbean in February with the RORC Caribbean 600 and ends with the Rolex Middle Sea Race in Malta in October, with the domestic season on the south and east coasts of the UK in between.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs: NSW Championship: First race in the new Van Munster hull
Bob killick,
In the 18ft Skiffs, Heat 1 NSW Championship, Gotta Luv it 7 got off to a perfect start to defend last year's scratch titles. Seve Jarvin, Scott Babbage, and the returning Sam Newton to the bow, handled the puffy SE Course impressively on their first race in the new Van Munster hull.... [more]
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RYA National Match Racing Championships - Campbell-James books spot
Matt Carter,
Sailor Paul Campbell-James has booked his place in the grand final of the 2013 RYA National Match Racing Championships as his crew claimed event honours at the final qualifier event of this year's Series. The Southampton based sailor skippered his team of Chris Draper, Sam Richmond, Dan Gohl and Archie Goodwin to RYA National Match Racing Qualifier 1 triumph at Queen Mary Sailing Club (QMSC).... [more]
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RYA revokes BP Sailboats licence
Emma Slater,
Being an RYA National Class, the National Squib Owners Association (NOSA) are a traditionally strong association with a healthy membership and one of the highest participation numbers in their national championships. In 2009 they enjoyed a turnout of over 100 boats in Weymouth which is remarkable given that only 870 boats have been built since the boat was introduced in 1971.... [more]
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